Unemployment & Linkedin

Majority of the recruiters share two opinions:

Firstly all good talent in the world is employed and needs to be poached

Secondly unemployed youth are unemployed because of a reason. Often they are not as hardworking and as loyal as the recruits who were employed elsewhere.

Most of my friends who are in-between jobs feel like tomatoes of the grocery store. They were shiny much coveted professionals yesterday, but today they are perishing fast. The longer they stay away the harder it gets to find a decent paying job. Some people join professional training courses to buy time, others fabricate their own consultancy/advisory firms but most of them just don’t update their social media status.

Technology should enable us make more productive use of the time between jobs by allowing us to undertake round the world tours, spend time with family, pursue pet projects and simply restore the work-life balance. Instead smartphones & emails make us work 24X7 when we are employed and harder when we are between jobs.

Yes there are the rare few bold guys who like to be subtle by buying “Linkedin Premium Job seeker subscription” or being direct by putting a professional headline like “Actively seeking employment/job”, “Exploring options”, “available for new opportunities”, “in transition”, etc. are scared that this might be sending a desperate message across and is not the best way to brand oneself.

I really long for a day when a woman could take a 5 year long maternity break and yet could join back the workforce at ease.

G+ | Stake Your Claim To Your Name

Google had tried various ways to enter into the social media space. Firstly through Orkut, then Buzz and now with Google Plus.

My only complaint with G+ was the long numerical link to the profile. It ensured that unless I clicked on the link, there is no way i could distribute the link the way I can with the email address.

However it seems that google is now allowing for an alphabetical interface as well. My profile is no longer  https://plus.google.com/106401881564252740318 but a simply my name

Facebook connect vs. getting connected

Few years ago, I had written about therapeutic anonymity provided by internet. During the initial days of internet, chat-rooms and blogs were very popular and were a medium of strangers to congregate and share often very personal and private topics. People used alias to discuss and rarely shared pictures and protected their identity.
These days’ people use social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) allowing you to interact with 1000+ connections simultaneously. Yet do these connections actually mean that they are connected?
This is in spite of the fact that most people share more online then they do with their real life friends. Some people are so verbose online that they leave very little to imagination. The archives of photos, real time tweets and personal details can enable anybody to pin point your location, what you are doing and whom you are meeting with scaring precision. Infact there are certain companies/applications that specializes in creating a psychological profile of the person based on his/her posts, likes and shares.
Hence the question: How well do you really know a person who has been your social media (only) friend for years? Is online an extension of self or a projection of self? (In other words is your online life and broadcasted posts hinting a life that you ‘desire’ to live or what you ‘actually’ live? Do we have a same connect/bonding online that we have by spending 5 min with another soul in person/over phone? Is the virtual world & Social media solution to basic human problem that although they want intimacy, they don’t want to walk to a neighbor and say ‘Hi!’?